TheMorningCall.com | Spending Smart: Restaurant.com is a better deal than usual
October 28, 2008
By Gregory Karp
Have you tried using Restaurant.com for cheaper dining out? It's a better deal than usual right now.
The typical deal is you get a $25 gift certificate for $10, which is a nice $15 savings.
But through Friday, you can use the coupon code TREATS to get 80 percent off. In other words, you get a $25 gift certificate for $2, for a net savings of $23.
I've used Restaurant.com several times before with no problem, and again today. You just search for restaurants, place the gift certificate in your virtual shopping cart and use a credit card (or PayPal) to check out – and don't forget that coupon code. Then you print the coupon from your computer. Give it to your server at the restaurant – some restaurants require you do that before ordering.
What's the catch? Nothing major, except some reasonable restrictions, such as a minimum food purchase of, say, $35, alcohol excluded. And the discount is often applied after an automatic tip of 18 percent of 20 percent is added. Be sure to read the restrictions at the restaurant you choose.
Another minor drawback is that the Restaurant.com Web site can be slow to load pages. And, at least in my case, before it gave me my coupon to print, I had to bypass a promotional offer. The "No thanks, take me to my coupon" link was somewhat difficult to find in the lower right.
Overall, though, it's a very worthwhile Web site – even more so, at 80 percent off.